Blog

Review: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova!

perf5.500x8.500.indd

I put this off for so long that I was scared I wasn’t going to be attached to the characters as much as I was before but…. I had nothing to fear! I was immediately sucked back into the Loom obsessed soul I was from the first page and I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to this fantastic and magical series.

I listened to the audiobook so it was a brand new experience for me and let’s just say that the voice for my handsome husband, Cva, was just as sexy as Cva himself. It made me shiver for many reasons.

Anyway, this story had me squealing, screeching, and everything in between. Once again, Elise affirmed everything I knew her to be able to do. She is my favorite author and will continue to be due to her mastery at world building.

All of these characters, no matter what point of view I was listening to, were as magnificent and intriguing as the last.
My heart aches from having to say goodbye to everyone but I hope Elise writes more of this world. I am not ready to live a Cva-less life!!!

5/5 stars!

Advertisements

Review: The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles!

35715509

*ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
Noooooooo. I hate that I have finished this book. I never wanted to reach the last page!! I’ve been putting it off for so long just so I wouldn’t have to but I caved since I missed X and Zoe too much.
Jeff quickly became one of my favorite authors with The Edge of Everything but he has permanently cemented his place on my auto-buy list with this book!
My favorite thing about Jeff’s books so far is the dialogue. Jeff has the funniest most refreshingly unique banter between his characters that almost every other line makes me laugh so hard that I tear up.
This book takes place a bit after the events of the last book and I was excited for the chance to explore more of this world. From the very first page, I wasn’t disappointed. I was pulled from the start and I have yet to let this world go.
TBoD was told in four parts but the last two were my favorite even if I spent most of them in tears. They were brutal and pulled at all of my heartstrings.
I love almost all of the characters but I loooove Jonah the most! He is my favorite character, after X, of course. Every single one of his lines were my favorite! He was so adorable that my face hurt from all the smiling!
My heart yearns for more from these characters! I will never be able to get them out of my head especially sine they all felt so realistic to me.
Also, even though most of the plot line was predictable, it didn’t take away from my reading experience at all. I cared too much for these characters to not be immersed in their stories and I can’t wait to see all the others Jeff will create next!

6/5 stars!!!

Review: Vortex Visions by Elise Kova!

41834793

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Okay, I think we all know Elise Kova is my favorite author ever, right? Right. Which means I was low-key scared that the next book she wrote wouldn’t live up to my hype for her but guess what?!?! I don’t have to worry about it with this series because I. AM. IN. LOVE. AGAIN!!!! Well, not again, because that would mean I had fallen out of love with it in the first place which I didn’t. I just mean that I have fallen even harder!!!!
This book follows Vi, who was sent away from her family as a child for reasons I will not mention, and who we follow as she prepares to go back with them. She does this while also learning how to control her powers and fighting to stay alive. I can’t even begin to explain how much I thoroughly enjoyed watching her character develop with every page. I was merely intrigued at the beginning but once I flipped that last page, I couldn’t contain my cheers for her. Obviously, she still has so much to grow and learn but she has made me so proud nonetheless and I need the next installment of her journey in my hands asap!
I loved getting to know her and the people around her, especially a certain male with a sexy name! Elise always has the best names for her male characters and it drives me insane, in the best way! I CAN’T WAIT to see more of this handsome guy and I am going insane with wanting to explore his story even more. I have yet to form an attachment to any of her other friends but I am sure I will once I get more books from this world!
I didn’t know where this continuation would lead but MY GOD, I was blown away to smithereens.
I started this after reading a book I didn’t enjoy so it took me a bit to get into but I fought through it and emerged victorious. This book was a slow burn, plot-wise, but when it hits, it hits hard. I gasped, I laughed, I cried, and I squealed- some might say I am still squealing as I type this, but anyway… The emotional rollercoaster that seems inevitable wherever Elise is concerned didn’t let me down in VV. This was so intense that I don’t think I blinked once while reading the last half of the book.
My heart was at my throat and my stomach twisted in knots for many reasons.
One of those reasons being that Elise has such a way with words that every detail evoked something from me. Some of her descriptions were so vivid that I almost threw up with disgust.
Which leads me to the main reason why I loved this book beyond belief: It is MUCH darker than the Air Awakens series I know and love AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. The darker a book is, the better, for me and I felt like Elise was catering to me specifically. I know she wasn’t but I loved feeling such a connection to her mind and I can’t wait to see where she will lead me next. I felt like a junkie most of the time, quickly jumping to the next word in order to quell my thirst for more details.
Given, not all descriptions were in the darker side of the spectrum. I absolutely loved the way she described where Vi lived. It felt like I was actually looking at Vi’s world through her eyes, not her words, and I couldn’t ask for more.
If you haven’t read Air Awakens yet, I highly suggest you do in order to tighten your grasp on this world. Since this does follow a different main character than AA, you don’t HAVE to, but it’s just highly recommended.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I will be here crossing off the days on my calendar with tears in my eyes as I anxiously wait for May!
*RUNS AROUND THE ROOM SCREAMING FOR BOOK 2*

5.5/5 stars!

Blog Tour & Review: Work in Progress by Staci Hart

wip - rb banner

Her fake husband is a Work In Progress…

wip-cover-sm

Work in Progress, an all-new romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available now!

I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.

But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.

Thomas Bane.

Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.

Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.

But first, I have to survive the kiss.

And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.

wip - an

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

[Amazon]

[Amazon Worldwide]

 [Add to GoodReads]


EXCERPT:

wip-web-wrap

The hall bathroom door opened, consequently stopping the earth’s orbit and flinging me into space for lack of gravity.

Thomas Bane stepped out of the doorway in slow motion, propelled by a cloud of steam that licked at his glistening body like it wanted to taste him. His hair was black, wet, curling and dripping in rivulets down the planes and valleys of his expansive chest and abs and narrow hips. He had that thing, the trough of muscle bracketing his hips that caught sluicing water and carried it in an angle that would eventually reach that unknown terrain beneath his towel. I saw the ghost of that terrain, the long, cylindrical bulge that was substantial enough to clearly state its presence, even through the thick towel.

He smirked, dragging his hand through his wet hair. I salivated, watching droplets of water roll down his forearm and collect on the tip of his erotic elbow.

“You’re up,” he said.

I blinked, not knowing when I’d set my coffee down or how many minutes—hours? years?—had passed in the time I spent ogling his body.

He sauntered into the room like he wasn’t basically naked. I tried unsuccessfully not to stare at his knees, the place where his ropy thigh connected, the angular muscles of his calves, the curve of his ankle, the broad pad of his foot.

He was perfectly proportioned. Michelangelo would have carved him twenty feet tall, and women would have worshipped at his perfect feet.

Gus bounced when he saw Tommy, his toys forgotten. And when Gus took off running, Tommy stopped, eyes widening and hands splayed in front of him.

“Gus, no,” he commanded.

To no one’s surprise, Gus did not listen. He barked once, snagged the hem of Tommy’s towel, and whipped it off him in a single tug that exposed every inch of skin on Thomas Bane’s ridiculous body.

Thank God my coffee was already on the counter. I’d have gotten third-degree burns.

For a split second, Tommy was frozen there in all his natural glory, poised to run after his dog, his face drawn and eyes locked on the sweet, disobedient dog. He wasn’t paying any attention to me.

I, however, gave him my full and undivided consideration.

His thighs were a mass of muscle so hard and defined, the tops were planes that came to a notch at his knee and a point where it met his hip. My eyes caught that trough that had before disappeared and followed it where it pointed—straight to the thatch of dark hair and the member nestled there.

The very thick, very long, mostly limp member.

If I stared at it a second longer, I was going to faint—my vision was already dim, my pulse pumping so hard, I could feel it in my neck, at the back of which a cold sweat had broken.

But he shifted to run after Gus, who was galloping away, trailing the towel behind him.

“Dammit, Gus! Gimme that!”

Then it was the back of him I saw, his hair, the streaming water rolling down all the curves of his shoulders, his back, the valley of his spine, and down to the most perfect ass I’d ever seen in real life.

Well, the only ass I’d ever seen in real life that wasn’t my own, and even that I couldn’t get a good look at without a mirror.

Seriously, that ass. That perfectly sculpted ass, round and tight and curved in the sides, shifting from one side to the other as he ran after the damn dog. My gaze caught a tattoo on one ass cheek, and I squinted at it, trying to make it out.

Tommy bent to snag the end of the towel—I caught sight of his sack and almost dissolved through the floor in an acidic puddle of embarrassment—but when he pulled, Gus spun around, ass in the air and tail wagging as he growled, pulling back.

A string of obscenities left Tommy’s mouth, but I was still gaping and staring at his ass. I realized that I was laughing. It sounded like someone else in a different room.

I wondered absently if this was how it felt to have a stroke.


MY REVIEW:

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first read by Staci and I can’t say I enjoyed it enough to read more from her. I rarely hand out 1 stars since there is always something that keeps me intrigued in every book but nothing about this one did that. I dove in blind and was so excited to finally read a Staci novel but the only good thing I have to say about this, the only reason it’s a one star instead of a 0, is that it was funny. I found myself laughing out loud a bunch of times but other than that, I was rolling my eyes at every my page, so much that it hurt.
This is told in two point of views. One from a book blogger, and the other from a super hot, male author. So as you can see, I liked the story line fine, it was interesting, but I couldn’t care any less for the characters. It would have worked perfectly for me if it had been completely different characters going through it. I wanted to like it so much since I could relate to both characters in the fact that I am a blogger and am writing my first book but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
I have never experienced this before but I was TREMBLING with anger at every chapter-no, at every page because of one reason and one reason only. I can’t even begin to describe what I was subjected to without losing my mind. I did not like how I was slapped in the face with how TINY the main character was. Usually I don’t care about the character’s appearance since I read about skinny main characters all the time, it’s the norm in fictional books and that’s whatever, but this book was shoving it down my throat almost at every single turn of the page and I was NOT okay with that. I lost count at how many times the characters mentioned how tiny her waist was (tiny enough to fit in the main character’s palm????), how tiny her hands were (enough to disappear in the guy’s palms), how tiny her shoulders were (enough to disappear in the guy’s palm), how tiny her EVERYTHING was. The book literally compares her body to his palm time and time again, not even kidding. I wish I was. It wasn’t just the love interest noticing this either, nope. It was the main character too. She called HERSELF tiny so many times and it just grossed me out. I don’t know if it was supposed to be sexy but it just made me think of a little kid and I did not like that for one second. I tried ignoring it but when it’s being mentioned time and time again… let’s just say I was livid. I don’t know what was the point of emphasizing her TINY physique so much but I’ve never felt crappier about my appearance than I did while reading about her. I NEVER compare myself to characters but jesus, I was being constantly force-fed her appearance so how could I not? I’m probably just being overly sensitive but I seriously hope nobody reads this and feels bad about themselves the way I did. I’m trying not to cry in anger right not but failing stupidly. I also almost forgot to mention there were just as many references to her pale skin color. There was just no point in emphasizing everything the way it was.
This book was repetitive and predictable at it’s best and pretty bland. I had to force myself to get through this and that’s never fun. I couldn’t get lost in this world to save my life and I couldn’t care less about the romance.
I really wanted to like this, I really did, but I guess we were just not meant to be. I may read her other book since it’s going to be told through a difference perspective that I’m intrigued by but I’m in no hurry. I tried not to sound too angry but I don’t know if I succeeded.

1/5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:stacihart

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

— 

CONNECT WITH STACI:

 [Amazon] [Facebook] [Instagram]

[Twitter] [Pinterest] [Website]

Stay up to date with Staci by joining her mailing list  [HERE]

Join Her Reader Group  [Here]

50309995_282446272449995_2395393287788691456_n

Teaser Reveal: What He Never Knew by Kandi Steiner!

SYNOPSIS:

43206828

I never learn my lesson.

And I always want what I can’t have.

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around.

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends.

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore.

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life.

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting.

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one.

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits.

This time, I’m staying away.

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.


TEASER:

piano teaser

Pre-order your copy today!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2FQyjpN

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2Vl9BmZ  


All my reviews for Kandi Steiner can be found [HERE]


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

7319216

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

CONNECT WITH KANDI:

➜ NEWSLETTER: bit.ly/NewsletterKS
➜ FACEBOOK: facebook.com/kandisteiner
➜ FACEBOOK READER GROUP (Kandiland): facebook.com/groups/kandischasers
➜ INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/kandisteiner
➜ TWITTER: twitter.com/kandisteiner
➜ PINTEREST: pinterest.com/kandicoffman
➜ WEBSITE: www.kandisteiner.com

Social Butterfly Banner

Review: Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen!

40025197

*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
“Slaves no longer, here we became the masters.”
Okay, I’m just going to go out and say it, A.C. kills it at writing a deliciously diverse fantasy world. Every single one of her characters intrigues me to no end and I wanted more, more, more of what they had to offer.
I am still reeling from the first book so I was beyond terrified to pick this sequel up, which is why I I’m cutting it so close to release day with this review. I wasn’t even a page in when my stomachache was already unbearable. I didn’t know what to expect so I guarded my heart as hard as I could.
Book 1 followed Shalia, who I miss dearly!!!!, while this one followed Aspasia, the captain to an amazing crew and ship. First thing’s first, Aspasia is a complete badass and I look up to her. Watching her develop throughout the pages was so intriguing I rarely blinked.
Shalia’s story is still my favorite so far for so many reasons, one of them being that this novel felt slower in pace for me. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of stuff happened that kept me intrigued but I felt like it didn’t really get going until the last few chapters.
Also, I am a die hard fan of Shalia’s romantic story line but it hurts to admit that I wasn’t that invested in Aspasia’s. It was adorable for sure, but I wasn’t attached to their relationship. I loved the characters as individuals but I wouldn’t have whatever outcome A.C. would’ve thrown their way. It lacked something for me but I still can’t put my finger on it yet.
Circling back to the crew, I loved witnessing their dynamic and loyalty towards each other. Every single one of their interactions melted my heart and I wish I could catch a ride on their ship so I could meet them all in person and recruit them into my circle of friends!
What I love the most about these novels is that it really drives home how important families, siblings, are. Whenever an author writes about sibling bonds, they already own me. I’m super close to my siblings in a way I will never be with the rest of my family so novels like these are my weakness. It makes me relate tot he characters in in a deep, personal level so I enjoyed whenever scenes focused on that.
A big thing I had an issue with this time around was the fact that there were quite a few events being spoiled throughout the novel. It came to the point that once they came to fruition, I just shrugged them off. This forced me to detach from the story line when all I wanted was to get lost in it. I really wish the continuous foreshadowing would’ve been a lot more vague, or just cut out completely.
Not going to lie, I kind of expected it, but those last few pages packed an immense punch to the gut. It brought tears to my eyes and I am still in denial about it all but I know it’s all in vain. My heart aches… and it will continue to do so well after the next book releases.
All in all, I can’t wait to find out whose POV we will be getting next!
I am anticipating book 3 so hard, I can barely breathe!
“I figured it was hard to speak when the person who understood you couldn’t listen.”

3.7/5 stars

Review: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer!

acsdal

*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Brigid Kemmerer has rocked my world all over again!!!
I’ve only ever read her contemporaries so I didn’t know what to expect out of her fantasy world but I am glad to report that I am as in love with these characters and this world as the others.
My goodness.
I’ve said it once and I will continue to do so until the end, but Brigid is a master at creating the most amazing characters ever. They always feel so REAL that I don’t feel like I’m reading a novel. I feel like I’m reading the diary of a friend, sneakily. I actually felt like I was betraying the characters by reading about them but it didn’t stop me from doing it.
There were many, many, times where I wanted to teleport into this world. AH! Can I go back to the person I was a day ago, reading this beauty for the first time? I will keep on wishing until it comes true but until then, I will be anxiously awaiting for the sequel, A Heart so Fierce and Broken. That title already has goosebumps crawling all over my skin and I can’t wait!!!! It has officially become my #1 most anticipated novel of 2020!! What will I do until then???? I wish I could hibernate. I miss these characters too much already.
Okay, back to the book.
I think everybody knows what this book is about but in case you don’t, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that follows our main character, Harper, who has cerebral palsy. We meet her as she is thrust into a fantastical world where Rhen, a prince, battles a curse alongside his commander, Grey. I loved the unique twists that set this retelling apart from the rest.
I absolutely LOOOOVED Harper and her witty sense of humor from the very start. I was super pleased to find out that we get POV’s from both Harper and Rhen. I thoroughly enjoyed their minds equally and I loved seeing their characters develop individually but also together.
The thought I had most often while reading this was that it was HILARIOUS! The humor in this book, not just from Harper, was so expertly woven into the dark tale that it made me fall in love with the characters even more than I already was. I kept laughing out loud too many times to count. The dialogue between the characters had me grinning almost permanently and I just couldn’t get enough of them. (This seems to be a constant fact every time I read a book by Brigid.)
Also, I can’t not talk about the BROMANCE!!!!! GAH! I love a good ole bromance and it is HEAVY where Grey and Rhen were concerned. I enjoyed their interactions a little too much but I have no regrets!
Side note, Grey and Rhen both own my heart but Grey owns it more *waggles eyebrows.* I wish we had Grey’s POV throughout this book as well since I would have loved to get in this mind! He drove me a little crazy…
Anyway, the ending had me crying like a little baby. I saw part of it coming but it only made me want the next book even more for proving me right!!! I never wanted this book to end but I also couldn’t tear my eyes away for one second without losing my mind.
I need the sequel desperately before my mind catches up with the fact that my heart is mourning the the ejection from this world.

4.7/5 stars